It happened. The United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, formally ending the country’s constitutional protections for abortion that have been in place for almost 50 years. The aftermath of SCOTUS’ decision is as expected.
As noted by the Associated Press, the overturning of Roe v. Wade could be seen as the culmination of decades of efforts by anti-abortion groups. Donald Trump’s appointment of three conservative judges to the Supreme Court is also seen as one of the factors that made the recent decision possible.
Justice Clarence Thomas, who was part of Friday’s majority, hinted that Roe v. Wade would only be the beginning. The conservative Thomas called on the court to overturn other high court rulings that protect same-sex marriage, gay sex, and the use of contraceptives.
Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote a draft opinion that was leaked last month, noted in the final opinion that Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a 1992 decision that reaffirmed the right to abortion, were fundamentally wrong.
“We therefore hold that the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion. Roe and Casey must be overruled, and the authority to regulate abortion must be returned to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote.
Alito also noted that the authority to regulate abortion rests with the political branches of the government, not the courts.
Justices Alito and Thomas, together with Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett, voted to overturn Roe v. Wade. Four Justices voted to leave Roe v. Wade in place.
Just as expected, the left meltdowns from the left are starting.